Labor doesn’t always play out the way you think it will. Sometimes, it turns out much better.
It was the best of times. It was the worst of times. It was the delivery room. Approaching my first delivery, I tried to maintain as much control as possible. I scheduled an elective induction two weeks before my due … Continue reading →
From the labor starting line to the race to the hospital, here’s everything you need to know about when to go.
With your due date just days away, it can be tempting to make a mad dash for the delivery room the moment you feel contractions kick in, but—as ready as you are to meet your babe —knowing when to head … Continue reading →
Labor and delivery rumors, prepare to be debunked!
When you’re wearing a baby belly, you tend to attract delivery room horror stories and cryptic warnings from oh-so-helpful strangers. What is reliable, and what’s really bull? We’ve stared down some of society’s most stringent delivery room myths. The myth: … Continue reading →
Study up before the aches of labor take over, and you’ll be well prepared to handle the hurt come D-day.
They don’t call it “labor” for nothing! The moments leading up to delivery require hard, painful work. Labor is tricky to predict or even describe because every woman’s birth experience is unique. And while it’s impossible to truly understand how … Continue reading →
Planning for a birth can seem daunting, but it doesn’t have to be! Think of your birth plan as more of a wish list than anything else: a layout of how you’d like things to go, with plenty of room … Continue reading →
Scheduling baby's birth day may appeal to nervous or busy moms-to-be, but is an elective C-section or induction really the best choice?
When Roslyn Jin was pregnant with her second child, she thought long and hard about the best way to give birth. The mother of two in Ontario, Canada, had a less-than-ideal first birthing experience, which began spontaneously but ended in … Continue reading →
Which labor preparation class is right for you? Take our quiz to find out.
Ideally, all pregnancy roads lead to the same destination: an uncomplicated birth and a healthy baby. But there are many paths through labor and delivery, each offering its own tools for overcoming the pain, anxiety and other hurdles you might … Continue reading →
A look at what happens to baby’s umbilical cord postbirth.
You’ve been dreaming about this moment for the past nine months or longer—your little one is finally here! But after the hard work of delivery is done and before you bask in newborn bliss, there’s one more piece of the … Continue reading →
Embrace the pain management technique that works for you.
Labor hurts. However, there is a way to avoid at least some of the pain associated with childbirth: the trusty epidural. It’s a pain relief method that is widely used here in the U.S.—in fact, it’s estimated that more than … Continue reading →
Not wanting to forget a single painful second, more and more women are hiring professional labor and birth photographers. But is it for you?
Kelly Pappas, mom of two in San Diego, has only a few memories from her first birth three years ago. She knows she labored alongside her loving husband in the hospital and that it was a peaceful experience overall. But … Continue reading →